We are delighted to announce that Craig Phillips will be joining our team of expert authors and specialists to write blogs and articles about DIY and home improvement. Every month Craig will be writing an article for us about a seasonal DIY task.
We are particularly excited about Craig because he shares so many of our views about DIY and home improvement; he passionately believes that anyone can do it (with the right help and advice), as we do. Like us, he has been shocked and disgusted at the horror stories about of rogue traders damaging homes, and like us he is keen to stop this and make the process of improving your home a pleasant and positive experience.
Rather than steal Craig’s thunder, here is what he has to say:
Hello to everyone using DIY Doctor!
My name is Craig Phillips and I’ll be posting regular blogs, hints and tips here to give you a helping hand with a whole range of DIY tasks around the home.
I thought I’d start with a little bit about me. I first came into the public eye in 2000 when I won the very first series of Big Brother, but since then I have worked on hundreds of DIY and home improvement TV shows. Before all this, I trained as a bricklayer and ran my own construction business employing 30 tradesmen.
Having spent 26 years in the building trade, I have built up a wealth of experience which I’m very much looking forward to sharing with you all!
Over the last 10 years or so, DIY has been steadily declining so it’s great to see that platforms like DIY Doctor are keeping the traditions alive and I’m very pleased to play my part in this. When I started working in TV sixteen years ago, DIY shows were hugely popular and I was filming upwards of 150 a year. These provided great encouragement for people who wanted to try their hand at jobs around the home but there are less and less about these days.
One of the other main reasons for the decline in DIY is that skills are not being passed down from generation to generation as they once were. I remember watching my father doing jobs around the home when I was younger and wanting to join in, even if I was more of a hindrance than a help! Many first time buyers are choosing brand new homes which have everything done already so there’s no need for any DIY at all.
Despite all of this, the rise of the internet has meant that information is much more readily available than ever before with countless step-by-step guides and ‘how to’ videos on offer. I truly believe that everyone is more than capable of doing simple DIY tasks and I’m passionate about helping as many people as possible.
Not only is information more widely accessible, so are the tools themselves. I remember when I started in this profession, I used to get up at 5am and drive for miles to get to second-hand sellers just to get the best deals on the best equipment! Nowadays, big chain stores stock everything you need and they’re more than likely to be just round the corner from your house.
Though I’m all for people doing many jobs themselves, if there’s something that’s simply too tricky for you to handle yourself, you will no doubt want to find a tradesperson that you can trust. It’s for this reason that I became an ambassador of Checkatrade, which lists thousands of approved, vetted and monitored tradespeople.
Over the years, I’ve heard so many horror stories of rouge traders causing untold damage to properties and I wanted to play my part in promoting a company that aims to stop people being taken advantage of.
The Checkatrade website is extremely straightforward to use and you can find hundreds of tradespeople in your local area for whatever job you need completing. Ultimately, it provides you with peace of mind about the person who is coming into your home and gives you a good indication about the standard of job they will complete.
In the coming months, I’ll be writing again with a range of tips for common jobs that you are likely to encounter and simple guides of how to complete them. Until next time…
More About Craig
If you have a job that’s too big or complicated for you to do yourself, find a reviewed, approved and reputable tradesperson here.